Please Take Action to Help Protect Rhinos

Please sign and share the following petition:

South Africa: Protect Rhinos from Poaching – Don’t Legalize the Trade of Rhino Horn!

“In 2016, more than 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa. Rhinos are no longer safe even at zoos – rhino horn is in such high demand that poachers recently broke into France’s Thoiry Zoo, shot and killed a white rhinoceros, and sawed off his horn with a chainsaw. Zoos throughout Europe and reserves in Africa are now cutting off the horns of living rhinos to protect them from the criminal gangs determined to kill rhinos and acquire their horn.

Despite the immense threats rhinos face as a species, South Africa is considering a proposal to legalize the trade of rhino horn within the nation’s borders and allow some exports for “personal purposes.”

Please sign this petition urging South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and the South African Parliament to protect rhinos by maintaining the moratorium on the domestic trade of rhino horn, and choosing not to legalize exports.”

Please continue reading and sign and share the petition.

You can’t believe it can you? South African rhino breeders want the government to legalize the sale of rhino horns. Their bizarre and I must say dubious justification is that doing so will flood the market and bring down the cost of rhino horn!!!!!!!  “They argue that this would drive down demand for poached horns.”. I am serious read, the article included in the petition:

More about south Africa’s proposed legislation from Humane Society International

Proposed regulation to allow rhino horn trade and export in South Africa could worsen trafficking crisis, says Humane Society International
Audrey Delsink, Humane Society International/Africa executive director, says: “While the global community is working to save rhinos from poaching and to eradicate the illegal trade in their horns, South Africa’s proposed regulations will not only open a loophole for criminal syndicates to launder poached rhino horn, but also create an enforcement nightmare, both within the country and internationally. We do not have the luxury of time to spare when it comes to the fate of rhinos, and we have to focus on shutting down the illegal trade rather than endorsing legal trade in rhino horn which has significant enforcement challenges and poor capacity.”

Please sign the pledge included in the above article and linked below:

Sign the Don’t Buy Wild Pledge!

There are five species of rhino all of which are under treat of extinction as a result of poaching. The horns of these endangered animals are used in Chinese medicine throughout Asia. Each year hundreds of rhinos lose their lives. In south Africa alone between 200 to 300 rhinos per year have been killed by poachers which is three times more than it was back in the 1990s. Regardless of whether or not there is any curative properties in Rhino horn, and I rather think there is not, rhino horns belong to…well rhinos.

Further information

Reducing Demand for Rhino Horn in Viet Nam.

Warning! Disturbing images

Published on Jan 9, 2015

In August, 2013, HSI launched a campaign to reduce demand for rhino horn in Viet Nam, in partnership with the Vietnamese government. The campaign is working with key stakeholders such as women’s groups, business leaders, students, scientists and traditional and Western medical practitioners to develop and implement demand reduction strategies within their communities. By reducing demand for rhino horn in key consumer nations, we can help put an end to the poaching of rhinos.

Read more from the Humane Society International about the threat to Rhinos from poaching and what measures need to be taken to save them from extinction:

“Africa’s black rhinos are critically endangered, with a population under 5,000. The 3,000 one-horned rhinos of India and Nepal are endangered, while Southeast Asia’s Sumatran and Javan rhinos number only in the hundreds and tens, respectively and are also critically endangered. At around 20,000, the southern white rhino is most numerous, with the vast majority living in South Africa.”

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Rhino Poaching:

As you see from the video poaching is an appalling vile act of cruelty. Is there nothing human beings will not do to gain material wealth? It is as though no animal is safe from the insatiable greed of people who are even willing to kill these amazing sentient creatures for their horns. Even Rhinos in zoos are not safe, showing the level of determination by these vile people.

Links to more information

Save the Rhino

Stop Rhino Poaching Warning this website has some disturbing images right from the start.

The following link to United for Life discusses the threat not only to rhinos, but also to other wildlife including elephants and a less well know animal the Pangolin

“Whole species are being hunted to extinction, as part of an illegal trade that benefits organised criminals and armed gangs. We want you to add your voice to ours and say “enough is enough”.!/the-facts




Please Take Action for Bulls Torn Apart in Barbaric Festival


“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.”
Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

Please read the following from PETA and take action by sending a message to South African officials and urge them to ban the bloody First Fruits Festival “tradition,”.

Please share widely. 

“The First Fruits Festival, which occurs annually on the first Saturday of every December in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is a cultural event to celebrate the coming of age of Zulu warriors. During the festival, teenagers as young as 14 years old are tasked with killing a bull using only their bare hands. During this ghastly attack, approximately 40 young men reportedly force sand or mud down the terrified animal’s throat, gouge his eyes out, and twist his genitals before kicking and beating him to death and manually tearing his flesh apart. Click here for more information.”

Please contact South African officials and urge them to ban this bloody First Fruits Festival “tradition,” then spread this alert far and wide!

Click the following link to send the messages by using the email address included. There is a sample letter. Please edit to personalise if possible but please do send.

I have said it time and time again but there is no place in any modern society for such cruelty. Tradition cannot and is not and never will be an acceptable excuse. The same reasoning could be applied to any of the atrocities that once took place in the name of tradition that now no longer exist: Public pressure has ended the Gadhimai Festival, fox hunting as been banned here in the UK , though the struggle continues to reinstate it, foot binding of young girls in China, a crippling and agonising tradition that went on for thousands of years, was banned in the 1900s.  Cockfighting, which has been around for 6,000 years, as been banned in many countries worldwide including here in the UK where it was banned in 1835, in England and Wales and in 1895,in Scotland. Bullfighting was banned in 2011 in Catalonia Spain and in Mexico a few years later. Wild animals in circuses have been banned in Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, and the city of Tel Aviv in Israel. There are many traditions that have had to give way to what I would call our ethical progress.

Read more about five barbaric treatments of animals which have been banned, many of which were traditions of long-standing.

These 5 Barbaric Animal Uses are Now Banned –– What’s Next?

It is interesting that while trying to find traditions that have been banned I came across many appalling traditions that continue that few of us are aware of. Also it is not easy to find cruel traditions that had been banned entirely, while slavery came up many times as an example in truth this practice continues today though not in the form that most of us recognise as slavery, namely the slavery of Africans.

Kindness and compassion towards animals and indeed other humans along with plain and simple morality is more important than tradition. Many of the former traditions of less enlightened times need to be modified to avoid the involvement of animals or banned altogether in order to avoid animal cruelty.

More information

More festivals using culture as an excuse –  makes disturbing reading.


‘Tradition Is Not an Excuse for Cruelty’

“In Spain, the bullfight is on its way out. In Britain, it was fox hunting, which is now illegal. In the U.S., we have our own shameful traditions, including slavery, to dwell on. And in South Africa, apartheid may be a thing of the past, but another cruel custom persists.”

Tradition is no excuse for cruelty

Of all the useless arguments I’ve heard to defend the carriage horse industry, none is more maddening than the argument of “tradition.” How can anyone think that honoring a tradition can be more important than basic compassion?

5 Cruel Animal Traditions That Make No Sense Today

Certain customs and practices in our society are passed down from generation to generation. Some stand the test of time like celebrating Thanksgiving or having a groundhog predict the weather in February when we know meteorologists have already determined when Spring will come. Others we outgrow as times change and that’s not always a bad thing.

While we may have a tinge of nostalgia looking at old photos and think, “I wish things were like that still,” we can all agree slavery, a tradition for centuries, is no longer considered one.

Animals have been victims of human traditions for a long time, and in these five cases, it’s about time it stopped:

Lets bring an end to yet another cruel tradition

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